Big Orange/Ekofisk Contact Energy “Six Times Higher than Designed To Take” – PSA

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Oct 142009
 
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Big Orange, big Crunch

Big Orange XVIII hit the water injection facility Ekofisk 2/4-W on 8 June 2009 with six times more energy than the facility was designed for, says a report from Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority, PSA. The incident occurred because the autopilot on Big Orange had not been cancelled before it entered a 500 metre exclusion zone and so did not respond to course alterations input by the officer of the watch and Ekofisk Radar operators did not adequately monitor the vessel’s movements inside the exclusion zone and passed no warning to the vessel.

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